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Rick Scott wants investigation of FAU Jesus stomping incident



A controversial religious-themed lesson at Florida Atlantic University has angered conservatives and apparently Gov. Rick Scott, too.

Although the school has apologized for the incident, Scott still wants State University System Chancellor Frank Brogan to investigate.

"I am requesting a report of the incident, how it was handled and a statement of the university's policies to ensure this type of 'lesson' will not occur again," Scott wrote in today's letter.

He acknowledged that the students' report of being suspended by the instructor had been disputed, and that the school issued an apology. But the governor wants more.

"Whether the student was reprimanded or whether an apology was given is in many ways inconsequential to the larger issue of a professor's poor judgement," Scott wrote. "The professor's lesson was offensive, and even intolerant, to Christians and those of all faiths who deserve to be respected as Americans entitled to religious freedom."

Read more and download Scott's letter to Brogan on The Buzz.

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 3:34pm]


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